Edinburgh is a city filled with a rich history of culture and spectacular grand stone architecture, a haven for tourists and local visitors alike – especially at New Year.

One of the city’s largest events, the annual Hogmanay Festival celebrated on New Year’s Eve is famous throughout the UK. Hogmanay is one of the biggest and most celebrated dates in the Scottish calendar, hosting traditional singing of “Auld Lang Syne”, widely adopted by the rest of Britain.

In days gone by it was customary to give gifts of fruit cake or salt to neighbours but modern celebrations have replaced this with a huge and triumphant festival featuring live music performances from top international artists. To mark the end of 2012, live music from acts including Simple Minds and The Maccabees will feature among other great attractions as the eyes of the world once again focus on Edinburgh.


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Edinburgh Old Town

Outside of the New Year festivities, Edinburgh still has plenty to entertain tourists. The Old Town retains many of its medieval characteristics, all of which can be seen throughout Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile. This area is also home to the Royal Museum of Scotland and the majestic law courts.

The city is surrounded by green parks and golf courses, however given their distance from many of the other attractions within the city; we would advise making car rental in Edinburgh a priority. We provide plenty of rental options for this, with a wide variety of cars on offer, so you can enjoy a trip across Scotland without any worries or restrictions.

Edinburgh – the city of festivals

For those who want to see Edinburgh at its most lively, Hogmanay isn’t the only festival on the Scottish calendar. The Edinburgh Fringe (now named the Edinburgh Comedy Festival) is the largest and most successful comedy festival in the world attracting the finest comedians, both professional and amateur. Acting as a springboard for many household names, this is one event which can’t be missed if you’re keen to get a glimpse of tomorrow’s comedians, today.

Packed with culture

With the five Scottish National Galleries all in Edinburgh, an electric mix of art, both historic and contemporary, can be found in this city’s cultural makeup. There are also several outstanding music venues that cater for local artists as well as hosting more established bands taking nationwide tours.

Exploring further

A great destination in its own right, Edinburgh is also the ideal base for further travel. A drive across the north of the bridge will bring you to Dunfermline which has a lot to offer. It is noticeably home to a 10th Century abbey. If you rent a car in Edinburgh, remember to consider where you intend to travel carefully. A little planning beforehand can help ensure your journey runs smoothly and allow you to enjoy the sites of Edinburgh and Scotland.

Our options for car hire in Edinburgh are incredibly popular and efficient way of getting to see as much of this wonderful city as possible and allow you to run to your own schedule, rather than relying on public transport.

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Driving in winter can be treacherous. As a driver it is imperative that you ensure both you and your car are safe on the roads during this difficult time – and that means being prepared.

Wintertime brings with it a range of adverse climate and road conditions. Many of us will be used to travelling in icy, wet or windy conditions but you should never underestimate Mother Nature when making your preparations.


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Check the news

Weather reports and news stations provide you with vital information about local weather and road conditions. So if you are unsure about making a journey, always check your local weather site or watch the daily weather report before setting out in your vehicle.

Learning how to drive in snow is also important, especially as weather conditions can change suddenly when you’re on the road. Here at Avis we provide additional winter driving services with our car hire options, including snow tyres and chains, to put you in the best possible position for driving.

Monitor the situation

As stated above, the weather can change drastically and this will naturally affect driving conditions. Make sure you monitor the situation as you drive and act accordingly. If you are worried about the weather then pull over at a convenient point. Difficult conditions could leave you stranded or put yourself and other road users at risk so think before you act.

Reduce your speed

It is always safer not to drive when road conditions are bad but if must travel make sure you do so slowly and safely. Many roads become icy and slippery during winter if not properly gritted so remember your braking will need to be adjusted. Avoid any sudden adjustments in speed or change of direction and keep the revs high but gear low when pulling away on unstable surfaces.

Make yourself visible

Visibility is important at all times but especially when driving in poor winter weather. Make sure that your lights and windscreen are completely clear of snow and remove any thick snow cover from your roof too. Failure to do so could see it fall when your car is transit and this can distract other drivers, especially if it hits their vehicle.

Avis provide rental cars that are equipped for the toughest of weather conditions. For more information visit the Avis UK website.

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Driving in a foreign country can be an exciting experience – providing you stick to the rules.

Whilst you navigate your way around your chosen travel destination, take some time to find out about local traffic rules to keep yourself and other road users safe during your travels.

Prepare for your trip

It is always a good idea to read-up on foreign driving laws before you set foot in a vehicle abroad. After all, you don’t want to break the countries road rules and run the risk of a fine or even imprisonment.

Each country has its own driving laws and sometimes it can be hard to know what you can and can’t do and where you can and can’t do it. This is why you need to check specific rules for the country you’re visiting rather than assuming all countries will follow the same regulations.

Which side of the road?

One of the most common driving laws which catches British drivers out is remembering which side of the road to drive on. This is a fundamental part of driving that many of us do subconsciously so it can take a while to adjust to doing things a different way. The majority of European countries drive on the RIGHT hand side of the road – but check out our country specific page to make sure before your trip.

Am I insured?

Insurance is a legal requirement for car owners in the UK but you should check that your policy covers you when you are driving abroad too. Double check whether medical expenses and breakdown recovery are included.

What about new legislations?

There are also many new legislations in foreign countries that impose strict rules on driving which you may not be aware of. For example, France has just brought in a law that requires all drivers to carry breathalysers in their vehicle.

There are more subtle rulings that many of us will be unaware of (like the compulsory use of indicators when overtaking a vehicle in Spain) so always investigate these before leaving. Speak to one of our staff if you’re worried you’ve missed something – we’re always happy to help and can help you find all the information you need.

What about driving permits?

If you are planning to drive abroad it is worth investing in an International Driving Permit (IDP). It can come in useful even if you decide not to drive (acting as a form of identification) and is recognised in over 150 countries worldwide.

Drivers should also carry their license and a certificate of motor insurance no matter where they’re travelling.

We have created a whole new section on the Avis website about the driving laws in different countries. Head over and read up on the road rules in the country you are visiting next.

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Your phone is your ultimate travel companion and there are loads of apps out there to help you on your journey! Here are some of our favourites:

Speak the lingo

Google Translate – This is quite simply a lifesaver. It will translate speech, text and photos. Speak into your phone for it to translate you, type in your question or take a photo of a menu and it will translate it for you. Useful, free and very clever! Just beware-it will use your internet connection.

I Lingual – This clever app lets you speak instantly in different languages, hold the phone up to your mouth- and let it do the hard work! It will only help you speak though; it can’t translate what others say.

Know the right price

XE Currency - Being able to translate into or out of your needed currency quick is very handy. XE Currency is quick, simple and is a lifesaver for those who don’t like to do arithmetic on the spot.


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Get Free Internet

Free Wifi Finder – Roaming fees are expensive and unwanted; avoid them with this clever app which shows you where the nearest free Wi-Fi hotspot is.

Know how much to tip

Tipulator – Tipping is a social minefield anywhere in the world, no matter how good at maths you are. Tip too high and you’ll insult somebody’s hospitality, too low and you’re a cheapskate- and the norms vary hugely according to the local culture. This is where Tipulator comes in- it will calculate how much you ought to tip depending on where you are.

Take amazing panorama photos

Photosynth – This app is as simple as it is great. Just hold your phone steady and it will make amazing panoramas for you. It is the perfect way to turn average phone pictures into awesome holiday snaps, and it’s integrated with Facebook, so you can show off your travel adventures to everybody.

Find the best food

Urbanspoon - There are lots of restaurant and bar review apps out there but this one is our favourite. It scans your location and allows you to search by type, price or popularity.

Organise your trip

Tripit – If you’re one of those people who is always digging about for print offs for your flight or transfers, then you’ll love this. Email your hotel, flight or any other reservation to Triplt and let it organise it all for you. It keeps it all in one simple screen on your phone so you can have all the details right to hand.

Avis offer unlimited mobile Wifi so you can download all these apps on the go! Head over to the Avis Website to find out more about ordering.

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Here in the UK we may think of ghosts and ghouls at Halloween, but across Europe it is actually a very different affair. Many countries see it as a time to welcome the dead and celebrate those who have passed away.


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Italy:

All Saints day is a big festivity in Italy. It is a public holiday and is particularly popular in Sicily. Instead of being a sad or scary day, the dead are celebrated. Children wake up to find toys and sweets left by their dead relatives – but only if they have been good!

Until fairly recently, All Saints Day was the only time of the year when children would receive presents making it bigger than Christmas and Birthdays in many areas.

The Frutta Martorana sweets which children receive are made from almond paste and are shaped to look like fruit. They are a speciality in Palermo, Sicily and simply must be tried if you ever visit at this time of the year!

Austria:

If you ever get the chance, make sure you go to Kürbisfest a pumpkin festival in Austra. There is a stunning pumpkin parade, parties and a world famous pumpkin harvest.

It is also a local tradition in Austria to welcome your dead relatives by leaving a cake out for them and making sure you have a warm room spare for them to stay.

Spain:

Noche de los Muertos (night of the dead) is a similar festival celebrated across Spain. Huge bonfires symbolically burn away bad luck and if you are in the north, make sure you try out quernadas (the local firewater) which is a drink of their celtic ancestors.

Don’t forget to hang about for Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints Day) too which is slightly more traditional. Huge crowds gather around tombs, not to mourn but to celebrate – it is almost like a café!

Germany:

Germans celebrate Halloween as well as a similar festival every spring time – exactly 6 months after Halloween. The forests and mountains of Germany fill with witches and bonfires. The tradition started when pagans were forced to convert to Christianity. They carried on practicing their pagan faiths secretly in the woods, under the cover of darkness with cloaks and masks to protect their identity.

If you fancy celebrating Halloween in a slightly different way this year – why not hire a car and head to one of these fascinating European countries to experience something new!

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Every year, tourists from all over the world travel to Spain to enjoy the summer. Spain remains one of the few countries which have become synonymous with the word summer. From the regional festivals and great beaches to cultural and historical attractions, there is not much more you could wish for when looking for a summer holiday destination. Here are a few cities to consider should you be heading for in Spain for your summer holidays.

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Ibiza

This Spanish island off the city of Valencia is popular for its summer club parties and which attract party-seekers from all over Europe. Ibiza Town and Sant Antoni are the main music and nightclub hubs on the island and from early June to October, the island is buzzing with activities. Many DJs present their works at its many music events with genres ranging from Trance to Chill-Out music. However, there is more to this island than the parties. Did you know that large parts of this island are registered as U.N. World Heritage Sites? Attractions like the Cave of Can Marca, the walled enclosure of Dalt Vila, the Ibiza Castle “The Almudaina” and its four museums amongst others; Ibiza has a lot to offer for visitors who would like some cultural and historical experience during their holidays.

If you are in Ibiza for your holidays and require car hire in Ibiza to see what the island has to offer or car hire from Ibiza Airport to get you conveniently from the airport to your accommodation, choose Avis to enjoy convenient pick up locations in Ibiza.

Madrid

What the capital and largest city in Spain lacks in beaches, it more than makes up for in cultural attractions. Madrid is one of Europe’s top destinations for the arts enthusiast. With over 60 monuments and over 40 museums, it should come as no surprise. Best known is the Golden Triangle of Art which comprised of three museums, the most famous of which is the Prado Museum which houses one of the world’s finest collections of European art. It has works from greats such as Francisco de Goya, Titian, Rubens and Bosch. The national museum (Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía) and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum are also great museum with great collections. For visitors interested in architecture, Temple of Debod, Gran Via, Royal Palace of Madrid, Canalejas Square, Torres Kio and Madrid Barajas International Airport will all keep you amazed. Madrid also has a number of churches which have great visual architecture and some of them have religious artworks which will keep visitors marvelled such as St. Jerome Church, St. Anthony church and Royal Convent of La Encarnación. Visitors can also visit the largest bullring in Spain – Las Ventas. There is much to experience in Madrid, Warne Bros Park, Madrid Amusement Park and the many great parks and gardens are worth a visit for families visiting the city.

Visiting Madrid for your holidays and require car hire in Madrid to see what the city has to offer or car hire from Madrid Airport to get conveniently from the airport to your accommodation, choose Avis to enjoy a great car hire service and experience in Madrid.

Malaga

Despite its multitude of beaches, marinas, Malaga is famously known as Europe’s golf capital. Home to historical monuments such as the Alcazaba Arab Citadel and the birth places of famous painter Pablo Picasso, there is more to this city than 9-irons, fairways and greens and great beaches. Visitors to this enchanting city who have an interest in arts have the rare opportunity of visiting the Picasso Museum which is located on the first floor of the building where the painter was born. Malaga which is located on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun), visitors can choose from the Mediterranean, Cantabrian and Atlantic seaboard or even better check out all three. If you happen to be in the city in August, do not miss the August Malaga Fair (Feria de Malaga) which is a great portrayal of Spanish culture at its celebratory best. If you are visiting with family, Tivoli World amusement park is a great place for a family outing.

If you are in Malaga for your vacation and need car hire in Malaga to see what the city of Malaga has to offer or car hire from Malaga Airport to get you to your conveniently and comfortably from the airport to your accommodation, choose Avis to enjoy convenient pick up locations in Malaga.

Barcelona

With a Mediterranean coastline, golf courses, marine resorts and vineyards, Barcelona is another of Spain’s holidaymaker haven. Beaches of which there are too many to list aside, there are several other reasons why Barcelona is amongst the most visited in Europe. One of which is, Gaudi. The artist and architect’s famous works such as Sagrada Familia Church (which the he worked on for 40 years), Güell Park (which provides one of the best views in the city) and Casa Milà House attract visitors from the world over. Tibidabo Amusement Park and El Pueblo Español are leisure parks which will offer families a fun day out. If you are interested in arts and culture, the city offers a few arts, history, maritime and science museums which provide an enlightening and educational experience. With a host of World heritage sites, cathedrals, monasteries, churches, palaces and monuments to visit, Barcelona has something to appease even the most demanding of visitors.

Should you be visiting this popular Spanish destination and require car hire in Barcelona or car hire from Barcelona Airport (Barcelona El Prat Airport) to get you to your conveniently and comfortably from the airport to your destination, choose Avis to enjoy the quality of service that comes with 60 years of experience.

Menorca

This island attracts beach seeking tourists and despites its relatively smaller size compared to the other Spanish islands, it almost as many beaches as Mallorca and Ibiza combined. It is a great destination for visitors who like boating, sailing, surfing, kayaking, wind-surfing and so on. With its clear blue waters, it is the perfect destination to a quiet, relaxed and restful holiday. Similar to this Ibiza, most visitors to the island are so drawn in by the blue water and sandy beaches that they fail to appreciate the other places of interest in Menorca. A few to include in your itinerary should you find yourself in this beautiful island include; Castell de Santa Agueda (a 2000 year old cobbled Roman road), Cavalleria (declared an area of special interest and home to an outdoor museum with a collection of archaeological remains found at this location), Ladro (offering shopping, go karting, swimming pools, climbing frames and more, there is something to keep every member of the family entertained) and the Menorca Harbours.

Should you be visiting this popular Spanish destination and require car hire in Menorca or car hire from Menorca Airport (Menorca Mahon Airport) to get you to your conveniently and comfortably from the airport to your destination, choose Avis to enjoy the quality of service that comes with 60 years of experience.

Enjoy Spain!

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You might think that the camping season is over now that the rain has started to set in, however as long as you are fully prepared, camping can be enjoyable at any time of the year!

Camping trips are a favourite pastime for lovers of the outdoors. But for the wider population, it’s an experience that attracts mixed reviews. It can be an exhilarating experience if you are prepared, or quite an overwhelming experience for those embark on one without proper planning. Some of the best places There are a lot of factors to consider when planning a camping trip. Here are a few important factors which should be taken into consideration prior to embarking on any camping adventure.

Climate and Weather Forecast

This is the first and most crucial consideration. You must think about the climate at the location where you intend to camp. This should inform your choice of clothing as in extreme conditions these choices could be the difference between a heat stroke and hypothermia. Always endeavour to check the weather forecast for the duration of your camping trip as many a camper has been known to end up stranded or lost due to unexpected changes in weather conditions. As a rule of thumb it is advisable to pack several layers of clothing, as keeping warm is more difficult than cooling down.

Transport

Travelling by foot and by car each has its own merits. Two of the most important considerations which should inform your decision are the amount of gear you will need and the size of your party. Travelling by foot is a great option if you are travelling alone or with very little equipment. However, if you are travelling with a group of people, perhaps a family with the need for lots of gear, driving is a more convenient option. In any case, driving provides you with an easy transport should there be an emergency. If you do not own a car, Avis offers affordable car hire services including 4×4 perfect for camping expeditions in our Avis Select Series and Avis Prestige fleet.

Food

Simplicity is advised when it comes to food. While fresh foods can be packed, it should be consumed as soon as possible as it will not stay fresh for long. If you are taking a gas or stove, ensure you have enough gas or fuel for the duration of your camping trip. Remember to pack nutritious processed food which will last longer and less sensitive to the climate in which it is stored.

Campsite

It is important to have a clear idea of where you intend to camp. Recreational campground or off the beaten track, it is important to know the level of facilities and support that is available. Water should be off utmost important – always know where the closest water access is located. Ensure that you know the rules and regulations of your intended camping site as there are usually rule concerning animals, fires, cooking, warmth, emergency procedures and so on. Some of the best campsites in the UK found in Cotsworld, Cornwall, Lake District, New Forest Camping and Devon. Find campsites in the UK

Health

As will all outdoor adventures, accidents are inevitable so a first aid kit is a MUST HAVE, and knowing how to make the most of its contents is just as important as having it in your possession. It is also important to have an emergency plan should a major accident occur.

Plan! Plan! Plan!

This cannot be reiterated enough. To aid the process, creating a checklist is the best way to ensure that nothing is left to chance. All parties taking part in the camping trip should be involved in its planning to ensure that all bases are covered. And ticking off your check list before your embark on your trip.

Plan for Emergencies

Camping trips involve an element of risk by their very nature, so ensure you to share your itinerary with a friend or family member and check in with them on a regular basis so that in the event that you are in difficulty and cannot contact them they can alert the authorities and inform them of your location at you last point of contact.

Though planning camping adventures can be a very tasking and daunting affair, for most lovers of nature and the outdoor, it is absolutely worth it and there are loads to see, do and experience plus the occasional ‘right place at the right time’ opportunity to witness some of nature’s wonders.

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The West Country is the perfect location for a driving break; with long roads passing through wonderful countryside and the sea breeze coming through the window where could be better? The Atlantic Highway, the A39 stretches from the pretty market town of Barnstaple in north Devon along the northern craggy coastline of the South West peninsula before weaving inland and down to the harbour town of Falmouth in south Cornwall.

The drive from start to finish will take just over two and a half hours to complete if you tackle it in one go. The road however, passes through some enchanting and mythical places which may just stop you from wanting to get to your destination in a hurry.

There are a number of Avis locations throughout the West Country including Newquay , Plymouth, Looe and Truro.

The A39 cuts its tarmac path through two counties and as such you can appreciate the diversity of the landscape as it changes from rolling green hills dotted with the obligatory cow or herd of sheep to plummeting rocky headlands and foaming seas. Ruined shaft engine houses are scattered like pins on a map standing as a quiet reminder of the proud mining heritage of this coast. Driving through the small towns and villages is a real pleasure as you pass through quaint market towns, sweet villages and traditional stone buildings, longhouses and converted barns.

The north Cornwall run of the Atlantic Highway is bound to make you want to stop and explore thanks in part to how bound to Arthurian Legend the area seems to be. The legendary Tintagel Castle, supposed birthplace of King Arthur sits in ruins proudly overlooking the Celtic Sea which merges its waters with the Atlantic Ocean. A short deviation from the Atlantic Highway along some windy Cornish roads will lead you into Tintagel where you can park up and take a brisk coast path walk out to see the powerful ruins.

If you follow the B3263 for just eight minutes you will be able to take in the beautiful National Trust owned harbour of Boscastle. Boscastle is an ancient fishing port with an unusual S shaped Elizabethan harbour which is very sheltered from the crashing Atlantic rollers. If you are lucky you will get to hear the Boscastle Busker, take in the Boscastle Museum of Witchcraft or see the gorgeous waterfall of St Nectan’s Glen.

Once you are back on the Atlantic Highway you will pass through Wadebridge, a perfect place for lunch or, veer off to Padstow and take fish and chips by the sea in this trendy seaside town. The last leg of the journey to Falmouth passes through the Cornish countryside after a short stint on the A30. Once this far drivers should be aware that the Cornish are very keen on double roundabouts!

Once you pass through Truro with its cobbled square and pretty shopping area you will soon be in Falmouth with its narrow streets and fishing harbour. Further south on the same stretch of coast along roads that serpentine the cliff edge stands the fairy-tale castle island of St Michael’s Mount, to the far west you will find Land’s End, the hand carved Minack Theatre and the Isles of Scilly.

If the countryside and coastline of Devon and Cornwall sound appealing and the myth and legend surrounding King Arthur intrigue why not spend some time in the West Country in one of the wonderful holiday cottages where you can explore the area in greater detail and let the legend and folklore inspire.

And don’t forget that if you are looking to visit the West Country then Avis can provide you with a car rental for your journey and in some circumstances they can even deliver your car rental straight to your holiday cottage door with the Avis home delivery service!

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There’s something about the summer road trip that beats going on a normal holiday. The emphasis is more on adventure, exploration and, of course, the unknown. That’s why with our children we wanted to give them the same experience, the same feeling of adventure this summer. And to keep the expense down, we stayed in Europe, to introduce our children to some of our neighbouring countries.

We all had input into the trip, and even the children helped us plan it by circling different places they wanted to see. Some of the places we all agreed we wanted to go were Ireland, Spain and Germany. Plus, my husband really wanted to experience what European shopping had to offer and, since our car had plenty of room in the boot, it wasn’t a problem.

Ireland was one of our first stops; it’s the closest to us and we were really keen to explore Dublin. There’s so much culture and history there and in summer the city really comes alive. From the music to the food, we couldn’t wait to experience its famously warm hospitality first hand. We also planned a stop at Kildare Village, which is easily accessible fromDublin, where there are plenty of fun things happening this summer.

I’m a complete foodie, so I was particularly keen to sample some of the incredible cuisine on offer from Good Food Ireland, on hand in the Village throughout the summer to showcase artisan foods from the area. And, of course, there was the shopping: with so much on offer we managed to contain ourselves to just Desigual and Ralph Lauren, but with up to 60% off the recommended retail price we had more money left for the rest of the road trip!

Next on the agenda was a trip to Spain, for sun and relaxation. First challenge – remembering to drive on the other side of the road. We wanted to see some of the most famous sights of the country, so our first stop was Madrid. The children loved staying out late, eating tapas with us – it made them feel very grown up. We also saw some of the amazing museums there, including the Prado and Reina Sofía, which gave us a break from all of that sun! Of course there was more shopping on the agenda – and with Las Rozas Village just round the corner. The Village is open until late, especially for summer, so it’s the perfect place to go after dinner.

Travelling between different countries, watching the changing scenery and experiencing new cultures, has really made this trip an adventure. We still have a lot to explore, but there’s always room for more purchases, which is good, because our next stop is located between Cologne and BrusselsMaasmechelen Village, where they have a host of exciting events planned in parallel with Manifesta 9, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art.

We planned our trip using the brilliant Avis’ Great Drives guide, which has some great travel ideas and suggestions. Car hire is a great way, of having a cheaper summer break and getting all that shopping in.

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A common question we get asked on this blog is about the use of debit cards when renting a car. We’ve had a lot of questions on our original blog post entitled ‘Information on accepted credit cards’ so we thought it would be useful to create a new, updated post.

We appreciate it’s a confusing topic so hopefully this up-to-date info will put your mind at ease when renting with Avis.

Payment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Most countries within Avis EMEA accept Visa debit and credit cards and MasterCard debit and credit cards. The countries that do not accept debit cards are Spain, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. You must have a credit card to rent in these countries.

Many countries in EMEA also accept American Express, Discover and Diners cards – in the UK we will accept them for Avis rentals but we recommend contacting our reservations team on 08445 818181 if you wish to use these in any other country.

Please note that we do not accept Visa Electron, Maestro, Cirrus, Solo or any other type of payment card in Europe, Middle East or Africa.

 The name on the payment card must match the name on the driving licence of the main renter/driver. You are not able to pay on anyone else’s behalf.

Payment for higher value cars

If you are renting from our range of large premium or luxury cars you are required to present two payment cards at the time of pick up as an added security measure.  The cards must comply with the above terms and must each be from different providers. For example, you can use one Visa credit or debit plus an American Express.

Whilst members of Avis Preferred do not have to present a credit card every time you rent you do still need to present two cards when renting a large premium or luxury vehicle. This excludes those Avis Preferred renters with a corporate AWD who do not need to present a credit card. 

Payment outside Europe, Middle East and Africa 

If you’re renting with Avis in the USA you are able to use Visa debit and credit and MasterCard debit and credit cards, American Express, Diners, Discover and JCB cards.

Avis Canada do not accept debit cards – so you will need a credit card. 

Australia, New Zealand, Latin/South America and Mexico accept the same cards as the USA with the exception of JCB cards and the Discover card.

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